State of florida Coach Mike Norvell described his team as “sick to the stomach” after losing to FCS Jacksonville State, and promised that his players would not retire for the season in the face of such a disappointing loss.
During their Monday press conference with the media in Tallahassee, an excited Norvell once again took full responsibility for the first loss to FSU’s FCS in the school’s history, but said it was a learning moment that they would learn from as prepare to open the ACC game in Wake Forest. on Saturday.
“This football team is not going to give up,” Norvell said. “We have to build and improve, and we will. This will be something we will look back on. No one wants to have the experience, no one wants to have the feelings, but it is our chance to respond to that, and it is our chance to improve. It is. That’s why we didn’t sit around and drag our heads last night. Was anyone happy? No, they were sick to their stomachs from what happened Saturday night. And you’re going to work. “
On Saturday night, Florida State led Jacksonville State 17-14 with six seconds remaining. Rather than playing preemptive defense, the Seminoles wanted to rush four and make sure their defensive backs were in position to keep all routes in front of them. The Seminoles had two players in position to make an inning after Damond Philyaw-Johnson he caught the ball at the 21-yard line, but they both missed and went for a 59-yard touchdown.
“I think there was an impact factor that just hit, and there were some guys that were paralyzed at the time,” Norvell said. “Why does that happen? I’m not sure, but guys have to be able to overcome in those situations when they are full of pressure.
“At the moment, you have your reasons why you do things. We didn’t finish, and obviously the result of the play can’t happen. As a coaching staff, we take responsibility for what happened. That is up to us. We have to get it right. It’s sick to have to live with him. “
In his first comments from the game, Florida State defensive coordinator Adam Fuller said he would not have made a different decision on the play, even if there were less than 6 seconds left on the clock.
“You’re always trying to make that decision, will it be more of a partial play with a timeout to tie a field goal, or will it be a shot to the end zone?” Fuller said. “In my mind, he can’t get to the end zone if we run four. We’ll get there before he can get the ball 60 yards. So let’s rush four men, put pressure, back the guys they’ll see the ball thrown. They’ll overlap it with safety and get into position, put the ball down. That’s really what it came down to. “
Norvell noted that the Seminoles lost both of their games this season on the final play, including Notre Dame in overtime in Week 1. But the key difference is that after falling short against the Irish, Florida State was widely praised for its effort. Losing to an FCS program just can’t happen.
“We have to go out and play as a coach and execute the way we train,” Norvell said. “And if we do that, I don’t give a shit who we play. It won’t matter. But obviously that’s not happening, and we won’t do it for 60 minutes. The first week, we lost a game I think we should have won. The same thing happened on Saturday night. The first week, people are happy that we play hard. Well, that will be the standard. We are going to play hard and when bad things happen, we have to be able to trust the training of what we do 365 days of the year. year so we can’t have those distractions or setbacks or mistakes when the going gets tough. “